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For Her 125th Birthday, the Statue of Liberty Gets Webcams on Her Torch

250px statue of liberty 7 For Her 125th Birthday, the Statue of Liberty Gets Webcams on Her Torch

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What do you give a 125-year-old oxidized green statue for her birthday? Webcams, of course! This coming Friday, to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886, five cameras will be switch on in the monument’s torch, which stands about 305 feet off the ground.

The webcams will allow any internet user to “gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time,” reports the Associated Press. Those views have been unavailable to the public since 1916.

The vistas will be beamed from five cameras, which will be on 24/7. According to the AP:

“Through the webcams, Internet users around the world will have four views, including a high-quality, 180-degree stitched panorama of the harbor with stunning views of Ellis and Governors islands. They will be able to watch as ships go by Liberty Island and observe as the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center goes up floor-by-floor in lower Manhattan. They can get a fish-eye look at the torch itself as it glows in the night.”

Happy birthday, Lady Liberty. And for the rest of you, be careful, Big Mother is watching.

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Comments

  1. stan chaz says:

    It is a fitting tribute, on Lady Liberty’s 125th Anniversary, to have the hardy participants of Occupy Wall Street “standing watch” a few miles north, across the harbor. If Lady Liberty could talk, I’m sure she’d tell them: Thank You..for keeping the torch of liberty burning brightly; Thank you..for helping to renew the freedoms and ideals upon which this great country was founded. She’d be proud!

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